Program for Friday, December 7, 2018
The Seattle Recorder Society
Last updated on: November 19, 2018
Christmas Music from Piae cantiones
All sizes of recorders, and viols welcome. Music provided
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Three Viol Babes and a Soprano
Ellen Seibert, Amy Warren and Koren Wake with Marian Seibert
From Peter Seibert - Music Director Emeritus
Three Viol Babes and a Soprano
Amy Warren, Ellen Seibert and Koren Wake
with Marian Seibert
Laura Faber, leading
Music will be provided
It was a surprise for me to be called to fill in for Vicki at the November meeting. And a week later it was great pleasure to see Vicki, her health now restored, together with Charles, lead an inspiring performance by the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound.
I’ll return to lead the December meeting, bringing some entirely new settings of melodies drawn from Piae cantiones, a Finnish source published in 1592. It contains LXXVIII melodies with Latin texts, some of which are for the Christmas season. I have taken five of these single-line melodies and created four-part compositions based on the melodies. To these SATB settings, I have added optional great bass and contrabass parts, which can also be used by viols.
Among the five settings are two based on tunes familiar to many of us: In dulci jubilo and Resonet in laudibus. The other three melodies were unknown to me. All five provide opportunities to create multi-part sets of variations. In addition, there will be a brand-new arrangement of a “familiar seasonal bonbon.”
The Seattle Recorder Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Visiting recorder and other early musicians (both new players and experienced) are welcomed. A $5.00 donation is suggested. .
English music for the viol is some of the most glorious of all consort playing. William Byrd (1542-1623), John Dowland (1563-1626), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), John Jenkins (1592-1678), and William Lawes (1602-1645) were towering giants of the 16th and 17th centuries. Late into the 17th century Henry Purcell, another English giant of composition, looked backward toward his earlier countrymen’s contrapuntal style and wrote a series of viol fantasias in 3 to 7 parts. Our trio will perform selections of some of these English composers, finishing with a guest appearance of our soprano, Marian Seibert.